Author: Chad

Shelley Short Portland CD Release


Shelley will play from A Cave, A Canoo tonight at Holocene, celebrating the release of the lovely record.  Both Portland Weeklies gushed:

“Sonically, the album’s aesthetic matches its title; a familiar, functional craft (in this case, folk music as opposed to a canoe) is turned just slightly off-kilter to create something strange and enveloping. Short’s songs are models of restraint, sketched by plain acoustic guitar and sparingly colored, but something about her voice and delivery—not to mention her lyrics, which avoid easy sentiment—indicate infinite, potentially treacherous depths beneath the placid surface.

“It was just really nice not to have a time limit,” she says. “Recording at home, I didn’t have the feeling of having to worry about paying by the hour, or when to go in, so it could be in the middle of the night. It added a lot of freedom, which I think was really helpful. I had an end in sight but I wasn’t trying to push it, so when it felt right, then I knew the songs were all finished.”

The album’s songs’ simplicity—along with their rare, menacing beauty—thrusts Short into a naked spotlight, and her ability to transform languid folk music into stark reflection results in a challenging, seductive record that’s not easily forgotten.” – Ned Lannamann

Read more, including an interesting detail about the interlude found sound cardboard record at The Portland Mercury.

Meanwhile Micheal Mannheimer of The Willamette Week had this to say:

A Cave, A Canoo is a fragile and odd collection of experimental folk songs. Like the work of White Hinterland—another Portland folkie who tends to traffic in the esoteric—the record is flush with juxtapositions: Short’s girly, Joanna-Newsom-sings-Patsy-Cline voice is set against a warm bed of accordion, pianos, plucked guitars and, most interestingly, the languid guitar textures of collaborator Alexis Gideon. The record is intentionally sparse and withdrawn, but it’s the moments of color and beauty provided by Gideon’s guitar playing that initially sparkle.

Short writes like a poet, with tiny couplets that sound just as good on your stereo as they look on the page. That accounts for both the intentional misspelling of “canoe” in the album’s title and the way her songs are broad and infinite enough to encompass multiple interpretations. In the lilting “Racehorse,” Short says, “I am tipping forward, windstorm/ This place sounds like a trumpet, brass horn/ Future be what future want to.” If the future of folk music sounds anything like A Cave, A Canoo, then we have nothing to worry about.”

Loch Lomond Announce West Coast Tour

photos by Joe Mansfield watch the vid @

photos by Joe Mansfield watch the vid @

West Coast Tour

Monday Nov 9  Pendleton Center for the Arts   Pendleton,Or
Tuesday Nov 10 The Woods     Portland, Or
Wednesday Nov 11 University of Oregon  Eugene, Or (lunch show)
Thursday Nov 12  Hotel Utah   San Francisco, Ca
Friday Nov 13  Luigis   Sacramento, Ca
Saturday Nov 14  The Historic Brookdale Lodge  Santa Cruz, Ca
Sunday Nov 15  Muddy Waters  Santa Barbara, Ca  (w/the Generationals)
Monday Nov 16  The Loft (UCSD)   La Jolla, Ca
Tuesday Nov 17  Bootleg Theater  Los Angeles, Ca (w/ Horse Feathers)

Podington Bear Season Three – Updated 4x


The kids are back to school, the TV networks are premiering their fall lineups, and the leaves are starting to change.  And so it goes, Podington Bear has put his paw in the ring with a Podcast format change that would seem to say, if you can’t beat them, join ’em.  The bear–who savvy readers may know is actually typing this–debuted with a podcast format that consisted of one song per episode and over the past couple years racked up about 190 such episodes.  No voiceovers, no ads, no jingles.

Well bring on the jingles, because it’s time for The Podington Bear Show:  the radio DJ style show where P Bear (Chad Crouch) makes it up as he goes, sharing some of his latest tracks/compositions/ditties in a half hour mix, every Friday.   Here is episode 1 of the slightly arbitrary Season 3.

UPDATED: Episode 1-4 on schedule.

Ep. 5: Music For Fall

Ep. 4: Music For Tree Climbing

Ep. 3: Music For City Walking

Ep. 2: Music For Daydreaming

Ep.1: An Amateur Pilot

For much more, including the music from these shows without commentary, Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes

Loch Lomond on Penny Jam

Hats off to the Penny Jammers!  It doesn’t take a special camera to make the photegenic band look great, but they are sounding particularly great in this live performance of “Ghost Of An Earthworm” (track 1 on the new EP) hosted at The Ace.  Nice work audio engineers!

The tempo might come as a surprise to some.  Who would have thought Loch Lomond was ready for Mtv-esque jumpcuts?

“Behind all its ornate instrumentation and chamber arrangements, Loch Lomond is a pop band. You could always hear it in spots—the gentle chug of “Field Report,” the plucked strings and gallop of “Blue Lead Fences”—but never before has the six piece band been in full pop mode. Until now.

In the 26th (!) edition of the Penny Jam, Loch Lomond play its new and super poppy song “The Ghost of an Earthworm” in the warm, book-bound confines of the Ace Hotel.  Man, Loch Lomond is on a serious R.E.M. kick. And I have no problem with that.” – Michael Mannheimer, Willamette Week

Peep the new Pennyjam site, hosting a flickr set of the shoot.

And put it on your iThingie via the podcast to share with others:

Laura Gibson in the UK, on BBC Radio


Laura sends a dispatch via the BBC airwaves, with this Radio 6 interview and studio session with Marc Riley. (With all respect to the BBC, we’ve taken the liberty of making it easier to find and listen to here:)

Laura Gibson Interview & Session on BBC6

Laura just kicked off a month of dates, mostly with Alela Diane, in support the EU release of Beasts of Seasons [Souterrain], before a west coast run here in the states, and then shooting over to Japan with Ethan Rose. She talks about this, life in Coquille, and her recent prison performance with the gregarious Riley.

And while in London, she snapped this shot of a big Peter Broderick poster: